The Environmental Protection Agency is commencing a review of the EIS guidelines, including the Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements as well as the associated Advice Notes on Current Practice (in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements). The 1992 EPA Act (Section 72) provides for the preparation by the Agency of 'guidelines on the information to be contained in environmental impact statements'.
The Guidelines were first published as a Draft in 1995. By 2002 the Guidelines had been adopted and published - following revision in light of extensive consultation with practitioners about issues and needs arising from experience of the draft Guidelines in use.
The Advice Notes were published in 2003. The adoption of the new EIA Directive (2014/52/EU) in April this year, combined with lessons and experience arising from EU and Irish court cases, appeals and further experience have led to a decision to update the guidelines.